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Wednesday, October 28, 2009



Redskins Keep Alienating Fan Base: Owner Now Disallows Signs

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Let's see if we can get this all straight. The Washington Redskins are 2-5, last in the NFC East and averaging an inept 13.7 points. So what do the upper reaches of management do? They tacitly tell the salary-supporting, skybox-filling, Bentley-providing fanbase to shut up. That's right: Signs have officially been banned.

The Origins of All 30 NBA Team Names

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 05:10 PM PDT

The Hornets were supposed to be the Spirit, while the Grizzlies were almost named the Mounties. Why is a team in Los Angeles nicknamed the Lakers, and what's a team called the Jazz doing in Utah? As the NBA season tips off tonight, here's the story behind the nicknames of all 30 teams.

Tom from MySpace finally gives Facebook a shot

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 05:00 PM PDT


U.S. Consumer Confidence Up for First Time Since 2007

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Global consumer confidence is rebounding, and in the United States has risen for the first time since 2007, amid signs the world economy is picking up although spending is still restrained, a survey showed on Wednesday. Confidence was highest in India, followed by Indonesia and Norway, and was weakest in Japan, Latvia, Portugal and South Korea.

Physicist makes new high-res panorama of Milky Way

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Cobbling together 3,000 individual photographs, a physicist has made a new high-resolution panoramic image of the full night sky, with the Milky Way galaxy as its centerpiece.

Inside the Tripper's Brain

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Psychedelics over-stimulate serotonin receptors in the brain, resulting in a blissful experience or a horrifying one.

Amazing High School Football Behind-The-Back Pass (Video)

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Completed by Will Briscoe of Louisiana's Central High School and will ultimately go down as one of the greatest plays in High School Football.

Xerox claims a breakthrough in printer technology

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Xerox announced a new silver ink that it's calling a breakthrough in printable electronics, a leading-edge concept that's generated a lot of discussion but few actual products to date. In concept, printable electronics is just what it sounds like: using a printer, basically an inkjet, to print electronic circuits.

Do Jupiter's Red Storms Signal Massive Climate Change?

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:30 PM PDT

The Hubble Space Telescope and Keck Observatory images may support the idea that Jupiter is in the midst of violent global climate change. This theory was first proposed in 2004 by Phil Marcus, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Melissa Joan Hart gets owned by Jimmy Kimmel

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Sometimes being a very witty person can backfire on you....but it sure does make for some great TV.

Top 10 Revenge Games in NFL HIstory

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Revenge is all the rage in the NFL these days, and with Brett Favre heading back to Lambeau soon, you're gonna hear even more about it. Here's the all-time revenge games.

Couple alive after car pins them in bed [Vid]

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Car lands on couple asleep in bed, With motor fluid spraying their faces and the weight of a car numbing their bodies. Two Nevada college students struggled to stay calm after a drunk driver allegedly tore into their home, ripping them from their slumber.

Miley Cyrus Voted Worst Celebrity Influence of 2009

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Miley Cyrus, one of Disney's hottest stars of the past three years with hit records and hit films, has been voted the worst celebrity influence of 2009 by the very people who made her a star, tweens and teens, according to an online poll on Wednesday.

The CIA 'misled Congress five times since 2001'

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 03:50 PM PDT

The Hill reports: The CIA misled Congress at least five times since 2001, according to Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.


Posted: 28 Oct 2009 03:50 PM PDT


Here's What Avatar Looks Like On The Wii - Avatar - Kotaku

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 03:30 PM PDT

If you're curious to know what James Cameron's Avatar looks like on the Wii, watch these videos for a quick rundown of both the ground combat and the flying.

Fibre may keep asthma, diabetes at bay, study finds

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 03:30 PM PDT

An apple a day may keep the doctor away but a fibre-filled diet could also hold the key to keeping asthma, diabetes and arthritis at bay, according to Australian research released Thursday.

Neon BMX bikers ride down skyscraper

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Mark Vos and Boy Janssen ride down a skyscraper on illuminated BMX bikes.

Artificial sperm and eggs created for the first time in lab

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 03:00 PM PDT

U.S. researchers have found a way to coax human embryonic stem cells to turn into the types of cells that make eggs and sperm, shedding light on a stage of early human development that has not been fully understood.

Widespread availability of online video means less P2P use

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Has Keyboard Cat captivated you in 2009? You're not the only one. Online video has continued to grow in popularity while P2P is on the decline, according to the latest data from Sandvine. The trend is good for both content producers and users alike.

Mel Gibson Admits He Exaggerated William Wallace a Bit

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Now, 15 years on from filming, Gibson has conceded that the film played fast and loose with the historical truth — and that Wallace was "a monster" who was recast as the good guy for the sake of Hollywood convention. Yet the star's admission has done little to appease historians.

Why open clouds are more important than open phones

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Ars Technica's Ryan Paul wants to know, "Can a [truly open smartphone] be done?" But the real question is, "Should we care?"

Smartphone Wars: Motorola Droid vs. iPhone 3GS vs. Palm Pre

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 02:20 PM PDT

After months all the buzz, the Verizon Droid by Motorola launched today, just in time for the holiday season. Here is an apples-to-apples comparison graphic that examines the true cost of ownership and select features of each phone.

Forget Guitar Hero, It's All About Football (Soccer) Hero

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 02:10 PM PDT

A group of footballers play a Guitar Hero style game by hitting lit panels against a wall. The freestyle footballers are Paul Wood, Paul Klein, Darryl Stewart, Tom Pett, Lewis Foster & Harry Adcroft. What an incredible display of skill and timing!

Concerned about your carbon footprint, think birth control

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Environmentalists tend to avoid the topic of population control. Too touchy. But the politically incorrect issue is becoming unavoidable as the global population lurches toward a predicted 9 billion people by mid-century.

Not Martha - Meat Hand & Potatoes

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 01:40 PM PDT

How to make a delicious Halloween dish sure to disgust all of your dinner guests.

Dress Your Dog Like a Slut This Halloween [Pic]

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 01:40 PM PDT

At this point, people wearing scandalously revealing Halloweencostumes are hardly shocking. But when the trend leaks down to ourfurry friends, you know things have gone way too far.

Nintendo's Holiday: Hands On With New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 01:20 PM PDT

At a recent Nintendo press stop in Cincinnati, Ars Technica was able to sit down and play New Super Mario Bros. for an extended demo. Surprise! The game is great, and the Super Guide feature shouldn't worry hardcore gamers. Here are the details.

No, Your Child's Halloween Candy Won't Be Affected with H1N1

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Edited excerpts of some queries sent to the Tribune's reporting team this week, with the answers:

Breakfasts Around the World [w/ Pics]

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

10 global variations on the first meal of the day

Dear Landlord, Plz Stop Trying To Kill Me

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 12:51 PM PDT


Eiffel Tower Celebrates 120th Birthday [Lightshow Pics]

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 12:30 PM PDT

The Eiffel Tower recently celebrated it's 120th birthday. To mark the occasion the tower will display a light show for twelve minutes, four times a night until December 31st. Not all of us will be fortunate enough to enjoy the light show in person, but as a consolation we've got 36 pictures for you to check out. Enjoy!

Schwarzenegger Flips Off Lawmakers in Hidden Message

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 12:10 PM PDT

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is ticked off. He's tired of signing bills that doesn't address the pet causes he deems important.

The game has changed (Pic)

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 12:00 PM PDT

What happens when Google announces free turn-by-turn gps...

Conflict in Pakistan - The Big Picture [Pics]

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 11:50 AM PDT


Guy Shoots Friend in Head while Checking Football Scores

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 11:50 AM PDT

When we're hanging out around the house with our buddies, we can't skip an opportunity to point guns at our friend's head just for the heck of it. And to make it more exciting, why not actually pull the trigger? The safety is on right? Oops.

Tsunami may have inspired Atlantis legend

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Researchers in Israel have discovered a thick layer of debris by the coast which contain remains from the date of the Santorini eruption (about 1630 B.C.). The particles match the size and pattern of those left by Tsunamis and could shed light on the volcanic explosion that obliterated much of Santorini and might have inspired the Atlantis legend.

'V' Pollution - ABC Cancels Massive Skywriting Promo

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 11:50 AM PDT

ABC has scrapped its ambitious plan to cover the skies of major cities with giant "V"s to promote the Nov. 3 debut of its alien invasion drama.

Drunk Pumpkins (Pics)

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 11:30 AM PDT

When a pumpkin has had too much to drink. 20 Photos of Drunk Pumpkin carvings.

8 Things I Learned From Delivering Pizza in High School

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 11:20 AM PDT

After seeing Reader Digest's recent list of 13 things your pizza guy won't tell you, it only seemed fitting to start reflecting on my high school days as a pizza delivery driver.

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